The Evolution of a Landscape Photo

 “The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print the performance.” – Ansel Adams Ansel Adams’ most famous prints were printed many different ways over the course of his lifetime. You can see the evolution of his artistic vision (not necessarily better nor worse) over the course of his lifetime by how …

14 Years Later

 I moved to San Francisco 14 years ago in order to attend graduate school. My family accompanied me on that trip to help me move in and do some sightseeing. One of the places we visited was Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands. It was a magical moment to see the Golden Gate Bridge and …

Dry Creek Valley Barn

 Samantha asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday this year. I sheepishly asked if I could go shoot photos by myself. She said yes. Given that I have a four-month old son, having a whole day to have fun by myself was a pretty big deal. Before I had a family, I’d …

Black Tears – Pearl Harbor

 Visiting the USS Arizona Memorial was a somber experience. The tour starts off with a film about the events leading up to the Attack on Pearl Harbor. It was quite an emotional film. I’m not one to show much outward emotion but I probably would have cried had I watched this in private. The film …

The Road to Hana

 The Road to Hana is beyond description. If I had to pick one highlight of the Hawaii trip it would be The Road to Hana. I was advised to not try driving the entire route in one day but we did it anyway due to the high cost of lodging and lack of pre-trip planning …

Big Sur Milky Way Photos

 It had been months since I had traveled outside of the Bay Area due to the birth of my son, Tyler. Now that Tyler is more than two months old, we decided to test the waters by spending Labor Day weekend in the Monterey area. Following dinner on the first night, I went out to …

Waikiki Beach

 Our stay at Waikiki Beach was a highlight of the Hawaii trip. Though Waikiki is arguably the busiest and most touristy area in Hawaii, the energy and vibe here was awesome. It’s definitely a different change of pace from the other parts of O’ahu and Maui that I visited. Watching sunsets over the beach is …

Support and Encouragement

 I credit my wife, Samantha, for me photographing the summer solstice sunset that everyone went crazy over on the internet. Our son’s due date was at that any moment stage so I had been hesitant to go out but I made a remark after dinner how I think there was going to be an amazing …

Double Good News

 The past week has been a very eventful one for me to say the least. First off, I have the cover photo on the current VIA Magazine, July/August 2016 Oregon edition. VIA is AAA’s travel magazine for Northern California & Oregon members. One of the first photos I ever sold was to VIA more than …